Carlton has ended a 21-year drought by defeating Hawthorn at the MCG for the first time since the 2000 season with a hard-fought 23-point win.
Despite being favourites coming into the match, the Blues were pushed hard by the lowly Hawks, before prevailing 13. 8. (86) to 9. 9. (63) winners.
After a tough start at his new club, Blues coach David Teague moved star recruit Zac Williams to a more familiar halfback position and it paid immediate dividends.
Williams tallied a season-high 26 disposals and kicked his first goal in Carlton colours while also leading the team in metres gained with 764m.
Teague’s move to send Williams back into defence also unlocked fellow star recruit Adam Saad, who also collected 26 disposals and gained 658m.
Williams and Saad were far from the only Blues to enjoy strong outings, with Sam Walsh continuing his sensational season with another 30 disposals and a goal in the win.
Hawthorn’s efforts were led by the tireless Tom Mitchell, who continued a strong month of football with a game-high 44 disposals, while Luke Breust kicked three goals.
Carlton will aim to secure back-to-back wins when it faces the Swans in Sydney, while Hawthorn will travel to the Gold Coast to face the Suns.